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RWSSI - Newsletter - September 2016
A water program approved on September 6, 2016, by the Board of Directors of the African Development Bank (AfDB), is expected to provide clean drinking water to about 400.000 rural Tunisians. Funding for the program is a combination of a loan of €123.7 million and a grant of €1 million. The grant is from the Rural Water Supply and Sanitation Initiative (RWSSI), one of the Bank’s flagship initiatives in this sector. This program is projected to reduce the dropout rate in rural areas, particularly among girls. Other benefits of the program include achieving the national target of providing water to 97 percent of Tunisians by 2025; and reducing the incidence of waterborne diseases (in particular, Hepatitis A and typhoid fever), occurring primarily in rural areas with little or no access to clean water or adequate sanitation.